Tuesday, January 25, 2005
Feeling the heat: Rumsfeld cancels trip to Germany
United States Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has cancelled a planned visit to Munich.In addition to Rumsfeld, the complaint specifies these familiar names—
Rumsfeld has informed the German government via the US embassy he will not take part at the Munich Security Conference in February, conference head Horst Teltschik said.
The New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights filed a complaint in December with the Federal German Prosecutor's Office against Rumsfeld accusing him of war crimes and torture in connection with detainee abuses at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison.
Rumsfeld had made it known immediately after the complaint was filed that he would not attend the Munich conference unless Germany quashed the legal action.
- The former Director of Central Intelligence, George Tenet, CIA Headquarters, Langley, Virginia 23664, USA
- Lt. Gen. Ricardo S. Sanchez, V Corps, Commanding General and formerly in charge of Combined Joint Task Force 7, Iraq, at present V. Corps Commander, Romestr. 168; D-69126 Heidelberg, Germany
- Maj. Gen. Wojdakowski, V Corps, Deputy Commanding General, Romestr. 168; D-69126, Heidelberg, Germany
- Brigadier General Janis Karpinski, at present suspended Commander 800th Military Police Brigade, at present 77th Regional Command, Ft. Totten, New York, 11359 USA
- Lt. Col. Jerry L. Phillabaum, formerly Commander, 320th Military Police Batallion of the 800th Military Police Brigade, at present 77th Regional Support Command, Ft. Totten, New York, 11359 USA
- Colonel Thomas M. Pappas Brigade Commander, 205th Military Intelligence Brigade, at present, Wiesbaden, Germany
- Lt. Colonel Stephen L. Jordan, 205th Military Intelligence Brigade, Wiesbaden, Germany
- Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller, at present Baghdad, Iraq
- Stephen Cambone, Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence at the U.S. Defense Department, Pentagon, Washington DC 20301
The complaint notes—
In the post Nuremberg era “the torturer, like the pirate of old, has become hostis humanis generis, the enemy of all mankind.” Those were the words of the US federal appellate judge who in 1980 decided the Filartiga case brought by the human rights lawyer Peter Weiss and his colleagues from the Center for Constitutional Rights on behalf of a Paraguayan torture victim. This was the case which laid the foundation for the application of the Alien Tort Claims Act to civil suits brought in the United States by aliens for human rights violations, including those occurring in foreign countries. Since then this outstanding example of universal jurisdiction has been followed by US courts in dozens of other cases.